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6 New Car Technologies Intended to Simply Your Life

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Everyone loves new car technologies intended to make life easier for them. As technology is getting in the realm of autonomous vehicles, let’s talk a look at some of the newest tech that has just arrived or is on its way!

1.       Wi-Fi Hotspots in-car- The day where your car has a cellular modem and running on a network is here. Many automakers are now offering these in-car hotspot packages, which provide Wi-Fi for up for 150 feet away from the car. Although data plans will be start of the program, consider the benefits of sending that important email on your way home or in the parking lot that you forgot earlier that day.

2.       Piloted parking- Let’s not get this confused with parking assistants that “aid” in various forms of parking. Piloted parking is exactly as it sounds – the vehicle performing parking duties by itself. Through technologies like LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging cameras), you can simply choose on an app where the car should be parked and your car will do the rest.  There are many question marks for a technology such as this, but with Google and other major tech companies putting LIDAR through its paces, it should take much to embrace the era of the self-driving car.

3.       Easy-Fill tire alerts- A technology that Nissan has recently been introducing on its cars, Easy-Fill tire alert tech is a clever way to guiding the driver properly through the process of filling up a tire. As soon as the air hose is connected to the vehicle, the car’s emergency lights begin in flash and will honk once the appropriate amount of air has been administered. If you have spaced out, the honking will not cease until the air hose has been disconnected.

4.       Airless tires- Imagine a non-pneumatic tire that could support your vehicle without the use of any air. Would you believe that this tech has been tested and developed from Bridgestone since 2011? There is no set date of launch of these tires for the market, but expect testing on military and combat vehicles first.

5.       Smart headlight technology- Have you ever noticed when it rains, rails or snows the headlights on your vehicle seems to just highlight them even more? Well there is a solution being worked on at this time to correct this. A projector is being developed to dis-illuminate these forces of Mother Nature and ensure you have a more visible driving experience.

6.       Hydrophobic window- Speaking to the smart headlight tech, hydrophobic windows are intended to repel water as efficiently and quickly as possible. Using a special treatment, windows can bead up water into droplets and slide them off the window. Condensation is virtually mitigated through this tech.

Green Car Technology for the Future

Manufacturers and researchers have been dabbling with technology that helps build hybrids, electric cars, and alternative fuel vehicles, for quite some time now, because of the growing concern for our environment. With a shocking revelation that our planet was on the verge of an ecological disaster, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions, by the mid nineties, leading car manufacturers around the world finally came to a consensus regarding fossil fuel consumption, and started producing greener, fuel efficient cars by the turn of the century.

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Today, in the 21st century, we have seen many different vehicles with a hybrid engine: a conventional motor engine is present in such vehicles along with an electric engine. The most fuel efficient hybrid cars today switch between the power sources of an electric motor, and a combustion engine according to the power consumed by the car. Typically, in a hybrid vehicle running on city streets or when traveling at low speeds, the electric motor powers the car and during high-speed maneuvering or longer drives, the petrol engine does the work.

It has been a dream of many a manufacturer to combine the green quotient of an electric car, with high performance. Until date, electric cars have shown limited usability and poor performance when it comes to high speeds. Today’s electric cars are usually 2 seater, lightweight mini sized cars, with a top speed of 25- 40 mph. when you look at city driving, this is not so bad, but for anything else, this falls short of many people’s expectations.

The fact that they are zero emission vehicles make them completely environment friendly, however, and this is something that is immensely beneficial to the city or the country they run in. Research and development on the lines of creating powerful electric motors for a much better performance is something that is essential, when we are looking at cars for the future.

Primarily, these were how to increase the power of the battery powered electric engine for high speeds, decrease time between recharges, and how to gain optimal mileage performance. Nothing short of an engineering feat has lead to the creation of the ultimate engine.

The green car technology is spreading up quite fast to various industrial venues these days. Car manufacturing is one of the most important ones of those venues. This spread is bringing in new opportunities to the investors. The luxury sports car or super-car segment is certainly an interesting market driver, and if a green supercar is made available things could change quite a bit within a few short years.

Smart Cars Technology

Thanks to tougher testing and new technology our cars are now safer. It seems the auto manufacturers have been paying attention to the crash data studies and have begun to build cars that meet or exceed the crash safety standards for occupants. Newer smart cars are providing a greater level of safety in crashes and also providing new enhanced collision technology which up till now has not existed. The National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA) identifies those vehicles that are equipped with this new technology on their website safeCar.gov.

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These new crash avoidance technologies come in the following forms:

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC); Senses when your vehicle is starting to lose control and helps you maintain control during extreme maneuvers. Automatically applies the brake to one or more of the wheels to turn your vehicle to the appropriate direction.
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW); Alerts you when your vehicle is getting too close to another vehicle, allowing you to brake or steer, which can help avoid a crash.
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Senses and monitors lane markings. It warns you when your vehicle is unintentionally drifting to another lane, or leaving the road altogether, potentially allowing you to steer back into your lane.

Starting with 2011 models, NHTSA introduced tougher testing along with much more stringent rating criteria for their 5-Star Safety rating system. It also recommends those vehicles that provide crash avoidance technologies. Because of the more stringent tests, ratings for 2011 and newer vehicles should not be compared to ratings for 1990-2010 models. The new test now incorporates a smaller dummy size to replicate a woman or teenager. NHTSA says its tests will also collect more data from extra sensors that are placed on the crash test dummies.

The Overall Vehicle 5 Star Score is based on how well a vehicle protects the occupants during frontal,side crash safety and rollover resistance. It has also added a new test, a side pole test, which simulates a crash involving stationary objects, like a tree or telephone pole. The score is simple, 5 stars means the car received the highest rating while1 star the lowest.

When it comes to being safe in our vehicles there are some simple and low tech options that should not be overlooked.

  • Proper Tire Pressure; Underinflated and over inflated tires are the leading cause of tire failure. Check your tires pressure once a month. Replace worn tires and make note of irregular wear, this could be a sign of wheel misalignment.
  • Maintain the Brakes; having effective brakes is critical to vehicle safety. Have your brakes inspected with every oil change will help to insure that they are in proper working order.
  • Coolant Level; Make sure you have enough coolant to withstand winter weather. When coolant freezes it expands and has the potential to damage your engine block. Usually a 50/50 mixture of coolant to water is sufficient for most regions of the country.
  • Seat Belts; Just wearing a seatbelt has shown to improve your chances of surviving a crash dramatically. In 2010 an estimated 12,546 lives were saved by the use of seatbelts. Enforcing the fact that seatbelts are life savers in a five year period from 2006 to 2010 seatbelts have saved over 69,000 lives. Fatalities in vehicle continue to decline. In 2011 an estimated 32,310 people died in vehicle traffic crashes down 1.7% from 2010. These fatalities are the lowest in record since 1949. Statistics show that traffic fatalities have been on a steady decline since a peak in 2005, decreasing by about 26% from 2005-2011.

These tougher standards continue to raise the bar for manufacturers. The end result is a benefit to us as consumers, providing us greater protection in our vehicles and pehaps lower our car insurance. The new label will appear on the Monroney label or window sticker as most of us call it. This new portion of the sticker will now present consumers with frontal crash, side crash, and rollover resistance safety ratings. Look for the new rating stickers on all new cars.

Evolution of the World Electric Cars Technology

Electric cars are a variety of electric vehicle (EV). Generally it refers to road-going automobiles powered by electricity. While the electric car’s power source is not explicitly an on-board battery, an electric car powered by sunlight is a solar car, an electric car powered by a gasoline generator is a form of hybrid car.
cars with electric motors powered by other energy sources are Generally Referred to by a different name:

Internatonal Standard (ISO 8713:2002) electric car is known in two types, including; Zero Emission Vehicles (Zev) and Low Emission Vehicles (LEV). Electric cars are categorized into Zero Emission Vehicles are Batterai Cars (Battery Operate) and car fuel cell. While that is categorized into LEV propulsion system is a car that combines the conventional engine with an electric motor (car Hybride).

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The Basic Principle Of Electric Cars Engines

If you spot an electric car on the street, it is nearly impossible to tell that the car is powered by an electric motor because EVs (electric vehicles) look exactly like a gasoline powered car. The only other way to find an electric motor powered car is the excellent level of silence that an electric engine has!
For those who have gasoline cars, their engine bay features so many boxes and pipes which look like a complicated plumbing work but with electric cars,

In an EV, there is an ac charger which will charge the battery unit. Once you start the engine, the power will be directly delivered from batteries to the car. Instead of a gasoline meter, an EV will have a volt meter that will show you the charge. If the volt meter shows a low charge warning, it means that you should recharge your car immediately. The EV motor do not have clutch as the motor has limited control over its power output. Instead of an accelerator, it is a potentiometer that allows you to increase or decrease the speed.

To make the air conditioner work, there will be an additional battery source and for heater, a water heater will be fixed in the engine bay. The power windows and other accessories also use the electric charge and replacements are made. The potentiometer used in an electric car is similar to a fan regulator and works based on the resistance principle. However, increasing or decreasing the speed can’t help you to achieve a higher or lower mileage as the power output as well as energy consumption will be the same.

This is how EVs work, which is a very straightforward principle. There is no doubt that electric cars can help you to save a lot of money that you used to spent on fuel.

Edison’s Electric (Year 1889)

There is some debate about who built the first electric car in the world, credit is given to the Scottish inventor Robert Anderson, who built an electric car with energy unit energy sources of non-rechargeable, on the same year, the Dutch inventor Sibrandus Starting create an electric vehicle, as is done also by Thomas Davenport of Vermont. And it has been around since at least half a century before the Benz Patent-Motorwagen.

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GM EV1

The General Motors EV1 was an electric car produced and leased by the General Motors Corporation from 1996 to 1999. It was the first mass-produced and purpose-designed electric vehicle of the modern era from a major automaker, and the first GM car designed to be an electric vehicle from the outset. The decision to mass-produce an electric car came after GM received a favorable reception for its 1990 Impact electric concept car, upon which the design of the EV1 drew heavily. Inspired partly by the Impact’s perceived potential for success.

 

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Tesla Roadster
(Year 2008-Present)

The Tesla Roadster is a battery electric vehicle (BEV) sports car produced by the electric car firm Tesla Motors in California. The Roadster is the only highway-capable electric vehicle in serial production (as opposed to prototype or evaluation fleet production) in North America or Europe. Tesla had produced more than 1,200 Roadsters sold in at least 28 countries as of July 2010.[2]  Tesla began producing right-hand-drive Roadsters in early 2010 for the British Isles, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.

The Roadster is the first production automobile to use lithium-ion battery cells and the first production BEV (all-electric) to travel more than 200 miles (320 km) per charge

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Chevrolet Volt
(Year 2011)

The Chevrolet Volt is a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle being produced by the Chevrolet  division of General Motors and will be launched in November 2010 as a 2011 model. Its propulsion system is based on GM’s new Voltec (formerly known as E-Flex) electric automobile platform, which differs significantly from GM’s earlier BAS Hybrid and Two-Mode Hybrid systems. The Volt is capable of traveling between 25 to 50 miles (40 to 80 km) solely powered by the electrical energy stored in its on-board battery pack.